Team information

Fadel Muhammad
Master , Indonesian

zahtamal zahtamal
Master , Indonesian

Fanny Taralandu
Master , Indonesian

Our vision

Our vision is to help the government reduce stunting and food waste from the most suffering region in Indonesia, East Nusa Tenggara Province, by cultivating the larvae of black soldier fly: A new promising protein source for livestock. We aim in five years; our innovation can contribute to the decrement of stunting case and reduce the food waste in this area, for better health, environment, and financial of people around there.

Our solution

East Nusa Tenggara is a province in Indonesia that has an arid climate. Planting crops is quite tricky as the access to water is not that easy. Most people there have their livestock to fulfil their protein nutrition. However, the amount of protein produced is far from what is needed. As a result, the number of stunting increases. In 2018, the prevalence of stunting infants in East Nusa Tenggara is still very high at 42.6%, and even far from the national number of 30.8% (East Nusa Tenggara Central Statistic's Agency, 2018). Many programs have been introduced by the government, including by enhancing corn production for animal feed. However, this strategy is not effective as this can be a competitor in human food. The lack of variety of livestock feed has driven the Indonesian government to support the animal feed industry to start operating in East Nusa Tenggara. Here, we come into the solution by introducing Black Soldier Fly's Larvae (BSFL) as a better protein source of food for the livestock. The protein's quality of the BSFL depends on what they eat. East Nusa Tenggara is well-known for its tourism destination, one of them is Komodo island. Many restaurants and resort are found as well as food waste produced are vast. The untreated waste food will always be a problem if they are not handled properly. However, we see this as an opportunity to use the waste foods to enhance the productivity of the BSFL with having high nutrient content.

Our market

The main target group of our project is farmers. The market size is huge as most people in East Nusa Tenggara have livestock in their own house; furthermore, livestock is essential for the people there as they also use their livestock for traditional ritual purpose. Another target group is the local government of East Nusa Tenggara, as they are also seeking for the new alternative animal feed source. We address the market need by cultivating the larvae and sell them directly to the farmer or indirectly via the government. Furthermore, similar stunting and lack of source of proteins are also found in some provinces in Indonesia such as Papua and West Papua. This can be a good prospect to find the new target of the market in the future.

About the team

Our team consists of three Wageningen University & Research (WUR) students originating from Indonesia. Zahtamal (MSc Plant Sciences), an entomologist, has done several researches for the past two years to unlock the further potential of insects. He understands the rearing mechanism and the biological condition of the black soldier fly. Fanny Taralandu (MSc Health and Nutrition) has a background in health, nutrition, and social empowerment. She is one of the pioneers in stunting reduction of East Nusa Tenggara province and has strong connections with the local government. Fadel Muhammad (MSc Environmental Sciences) spent his last two years advocating a sustainable and eco-friendly system for business processes. He is also passionate about initiating a circular economy and sustainable community development. All team members are excited to develop their ideas on Rethink Protein Challenge and willing to support each other.

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